Kalamata’s in Green Hills (Nashville) no longer recommended.

In the past, I recommended that restaurant to my friends and sometime set up group gatherings there. As of last month, they have “No Firearms” sign on the door which removes them from consideration as a dinner spot. I mentioned my concern to the owner, he didn’t seem worried about the loss of business. Pity, the food there is good…but plenty of alternatives exist.

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14 Responses to Kalamata’s in Green Hills (Nashville) no longer recommended.

  1. Just Me says:

    Just checked there website and can’t find anyplace to leave a comment……

  2. Oleg Volk says:

    What I find so amusing is that they have a guard who carries openly, so it’s not the sight of guns in general that bothers the owner. I suggested amending the sign to request concealed carry only, but that suggestion was dismissed.

    It’s a somewhat free country, so they are welcome to do as they please in their business…and take the predictable consequences.

    • Just Me says:

      Well it’s nice to know they take some responsibility for there costomers. Do they serve alcohol?

      • Oleg Volk says:

        They do not serve alcohol.

        They were friendly about it but the fact remains, I have more friendly alternatives. One place I like is owned by a woman who probably doesn’t enjoy seeing guns due to her experiences in Yugoslavia. I respect that and don’t open carry there…but she doesn’t impose her preference on all customers.

        • Just Me says:

          Tough one…They supply an armed guard when there is no alcohol served but deny me my right to defend mine and myself . By having the guard there they are saying that the potential for a problem is strong. Who knows how trained the guard is but on the other hand most concealed carry people only have a minimum of training, what ever the basic requirments are to get the license. I say it would be no place to go by my own choice but if the wife or our parents liked it I could handle going there on a rare occasion as long as there was parking right out front or that guard came to our car and walked us to a from the resteraunt and never left while we were there!

          • Just Me says:

            and yes, I would tip the guard!

            • Anon says:

              So you’d consent to being disarmed, and pay them for the privileged?

              Anybody: Is the fact that a restaurant serves alcohol legally relevant in TN?

              • Oleg Volk says:

                Not relevant as of last summer. It’s not even a matter of practicality, it’s a matter of manifested distrust. I won’t support businesses which express their distrust of me.

                • ASM826 says:

                  That’s the issue. That was my issue with last year’s NRA convention in N.C. I got swiped at by what I assume were NRA representatives, although they never identified themselves, but I was right. The manifested distrust made the convention a no-go for me. Others were free to disarm at the request of the very organization that they were looking to support their freedoms.

                • Anon says:

                  Oh I know. We’ve been required to open carry in Virginia restaurants that serve alcohol until recently. Not a problem then, not a problem now.

  3. CueBall says:

    Of course it is his choice, Odd that they’d have an armed guard at a restaurant? All you can do is spread the word, maybe write into a local paper if they have a pages of opinion forum. Go back in a couple months and see if he’s changed his stance!

  4. R. says:

    I don’t know about the US, but around here(Czechia), we CCW’ers completely ignore almost all ‘no guns’ signs. Except where no guns are mandated by law (courthouses, public gatherings, etc).

    Why should someone’s pissant rule be above state law?

    • R. says:

      Huh. Sorry for irrelevant post. I had no idea TN allowed open carry, I thought it was a Vermont, Montana kind of stuff.

      I wish we could OC here…but that’s about as likely as US going back to some metal or other solid standard.

      To go running in the woods in summer, wearing nothing but shorts, shoes and a gunbelt.. this way, my only dog repellent is a pepper spray, and I’m not sure how that’d work.

  5. Tony Lekas says:

    Open Carry is legal in NH as well. There was an interesting story here a while ago. See the SFW image:


    I have spoken with the woman, Cassidy, in the photo. The officer never even mentioned the pistol on her right hip. The discussion was about the lack of clothing. They arrested her but dropped all charges after actually reading the law. Going topless in NH is legal. She was charged under 645:1 See:

    What she was doing did not fit the law. At no time during her interaction with the authorities was there any mention of the pistol. (I don’t remember if she was actually taken in to the station. If so they probably took it but if they did it was given back when she left. It is my understanding that she was not kept overnight if taken in at all.)

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